Connected production has also reached the wheat field. A solution developed jointly by Deutsche Telekom and the agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS helps farmers to coordinate the harvest. Until now, harvesters have had to work their way across the field accompanied by a tractor. The harvest then landed directly on the tractor’s trailer. If the trailer was full, the combine harvester used its own grain tank as a temporary storage facility. Now, the tractor waits at the edge of the field and drives over just in time to empty the harvester’s grain tank. That saves the farmer fuel and does less damage to his soil. The harvester also uses sensors to record the quality of the yield and relays this information to the silo operator via the mobile network.
Esperanto for Machines
Uniform interfaces and standards are most important if additional machines are to be incorporated in the harvesting or production process. Telekom’s M2M Device Cloud converts device-specific data into a device-independent format – a kind of Esperanto for machines, with specially developed software, the so-called agent, performing the role of a translator. It can be installed locally on the device or implemented on the server. The agent ensures that the device can communicate free of barriers with the cloud platform. It transfers all device information and measurements to the platform’s device-independent data model.